Automakers Dream Up Some Seriously Wild Cars for Gran Turismo 6 – Wired

Posted: Monday, December 01, 2014

Subaru Viziv: Under this hybrid Scooby’s hood is a turbocharged 2-liter, Subaru-style horizontally-opposed boxer engine making 591 horsepower. Three electric motors feed the wheels, and lights over each fender illuminate when each wheel receives torque vectoring. Sony

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Nissan Concept 2020: At 186 mph, the rear wing raises to produce over 800 pounds of digital downforce and keep the 2020 on the ground. Power comes from a hybrid with a twin-turbo V6 and three electric motors. Sony

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BMW VGT: Clad in the red and blue race color scheme, this Bimmer runs on a 3-liter six cylinder that’ll make 541 horsepower. 50:50 weight distribution and rear wheel-drive will make it easy to lose the tail as needed. Sony

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Volkswagen GTI Roadster: This VW gets 503 hp from a 3-liter twin-turbo VR6 engine paired with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. We like the low-cut windshield for the roadster experience. Sony

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Aston Martin DP-100: From the hands of Aston’s design head Marek Reichman, the Design Prototype 100 is a twin-turbocharged mid-engine track beast with a V12 pumping out 800 hp. Sony

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Mercedes-Benz AMG VGT: This long-hooded grand tourer brings us back to the 300 SL. If that real-life legend had an AMG V8 making 577 hp. Sony

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Chevrolet Chaparral 2X: As ridiculous as you’d expect from racing brand of old, the Chaparral 2X is powered by shock wave-producing laser (yes) that give the car a zero-to-60 time of 1.5 seconds. Sony

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There’s a reason so many cars look the same these days: Automotive designers can’t just make whatever they want. They’re restricted by the laws of physics and aerodynamics, endless government regulations, and the desires of shareholders. But what happens when you get rid of those limits? What do you make? Those with a PlayStation and a copy of Gran Turismo 6 are about to find out. To mark the 15th anniversary of the racing game series, Sony asked the world’s automakers to come up with special vehicles to populate the virtual world.

The results are appropriately insane. Each participating automaker was tasked with creating a grand touring (“gran turismo”) vehicle, one with two doors and gobs of power. Some are takes on the classic GT, like the Mercedes-Benz AMG with its stretched hood, gaping grill, and muscular V8 engine. Others are more radical, like the sci-fi flavored mid-engined Aston Martin. A few are ridiculous, like the Chevrolet-produced Chaparral that’s powered by lasers.

So far, there are are nine of these specialty cars confirmed for GT6, most of which are now available to download (for free). Sony says there’s more to come next year, from Audi, Lamborghini, Mini, and Peugeot. To see what’s available now, fire up your PlayStation or click through the gallery above. Just don’t expect to see any of these in the flesh and metal anytime soon.

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